From 6 months+ or a year, you can volunteer abroad in Indonesia and work with a local community on a variety of service learning projects. For details, visit our website.
Indonesia is the world’s largest archipelago state, made up of an astounding 17,508 islands in Southeast Asia. Securing its independence after World War II, Indonesia has continued in its important role as a trade region, which dates back to the seventh century. Since declaring independence, Indonesia has been turbulent, with challenges posed by natural disasters, corruption, separatism, a democratization process, and periods of rapid economic change. Two monsoon seasons (rainy and dry) determine Indonesia’s climate for the year, with predominately warm temperatures except in the mountains. Hot springs, exotic animals, and beautiful rock formations leave little for volunteers to want in this magnificent country.
United Planet is the US and Canadian partner of the International Cultural Youth Exchange, or ICYE. As a volunteer in Indonesia, you will be hosted by Dejavato, ICYE’s Indonesian partner organization. Dejavato was started in an effort to promote education and social welfare throughout the region when Indonesia’s government was unable to meet the needs of the residents here.
Education and English Teaching
Volunteers assist English language teachers in schools ranging from kindergartens to universities. Volunteers are also asked to contribute to activities organized by the schools. In village schools where funding is limited, volunteers may be asked to assist local staff with repairing the facilities with projects such as cleaning or painting.
Volunteers have the opportunity to assist patients from disadvantaged economic backgrounds in local public health clinics. Additionally, volunteers may assist doctors and nurses in organizing medical checks for the local community. Please note that volunteers will be required to provide proof of medical school attendance or of medical practice.
Working with Disabled Children
Volunteers work in government-funded schools for children with mental and/or physical disabilities. Volunteers are needed to assist teachers with general class supervision as well as being involved in extracurricular activities such as cooking lessons, computer class, music, handicraft, English lessons, and more.
Volunteers work in local community centers with a variety of possible tasks such as teaching English, assisting local families in tasks on their farm or ranch, and organizing cultural activities for the community.
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I embarked on United Planet's 12-month Quest to Indonesia from August, 2015 to July, 2016. As a year anywhere will, it had its rough parts, but overall I'm very glad I made that choice. I don't think I've had as many eye-opening experiences clumped into one year as I did during that year. I believe it is so incredibly important for everyone (especially Americans) to experience cultures that are unlike our own, and there are few places you could go that would be as different from home as Indonesia. Seeing how people across the world live, what their relationships with each other, with their parents, with foreigners are like, realizing what is important to them, and what is not, what they choose to believe in...there's so much more, I could go on for a while, but witnessing and experiencing all that is so vital for anyone and everyone. I would highly encourage anyone who is thinking of volunteering to go for it. Even if it's not to Indonesia, or even if it's not for a year, the experience will reshape your perspective in all the right ways. But if you REALLY want a new perspective, try Indonesia. That'll do the trick.